2019年9月-12月雅思口语Part 3 Topic 9 邀请家人/朋友吃晚饭

1. Do most people eat at home or eat at restaurants?

Well, I have to say most people eat at home because it5s less expensive. Going to restaurants is usually saved for special occasions. After all, money doesn’t grow on trees117, and eating out can really cost you an arm and a leg118 if you go to a fancy restaurant. Plus, when you eat at home, you can make sure the ingredients you use are healthy and organic. You know, restaurants might have food safety issues, like using gutter oil or expired ingredients119.

2. What are the pros and cons of eating at home and eating at restaurants?

When it comes to eating at home, you can save more money. As we all know, food in restaurants is way more expensive than food you cook at home. And you can eat healthier at home because you have total control over120 what you eat. In contrast, restaurants do all the cooking and cleaning for you, which saves time for you. And food cooked by professional cooks usually tastes better than homemade food.

3. Which one do you think will be more popular in the future, eating at home or eating at restaurants?

I suppose that in the future, eating at restaurants will be more popular. Even though eating at home saves money, it also costs people a lot of time on cooking and washing dishes. Nowadays, most people are living a fast-paced lifestyle and don’t have much time for cooking their own meals. So, it’s not uncommon to see more people, especially young guys, eating at restaurants or ordering take-out food. Plus, since people’s income has been increasing over the years, eating at restaurants has become very affordable and I believe more people will be able to afford eating at a restaurant on a daily basis in the
future.

4. What are the differences between food we have normally and food we have during festivals?

Well, in China, people normally don5t spend that much on dining, and the food is also just what they usually buy from grocery stores. After all, it’s just part of your daily routine. But when it comes to a festival, Chinese families will make a good feast121 to enjoy together, which often has way more dishes than usual. Some rich families even buy fancy ingredients for the meal, like lobsters and crabs122.

5. Do Chinese families hold parties?

No. I don’t think Chinese families hold parties as often as western families. When Chinese people celebrate their birthday, anniversary, or other meaningful days, we do like inviting a lot of family members and friends to celebrate together. But it’s quite different with typical western parties. It’s more like having a good feast together. But compared to the old days, Chinese people, especially young guys, are more invested in having parties now. And a lot of them do love going to parties.

6. Are there more people spending a lot of money on their wedding?

I actually think there are less people who spend a lot of money on their wedding. It used to be very popular to spend a fortune on123 getting married. But nowadays, people have tighter budgets124 A lot of young people would rather spend that money on travel instead of a fancy wedding ceremony. So expensive weddings are going to get less and less popular. Personally, I think it’s a good change.

117 money doesn’t grow on trees:钱不是大风刮来的
118 cost you an arm and a leg:花掉很多钱
119 gutter oil or expired ingredients:地沟油或者过期的食材
120 have total control over:完全控制
121 make a good feast:做顿大餐
122 lobsters and crabs:龙虾和螃蟹
123 spend a fortune on:花一大笔钱做…
124 people have tighter budgets:人们花钱会精打细算

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